Weekly Wrap-Up (August 25)

Summer is back with a vengeance and I’m loving it! Meanwhile in Italy, they’re on their second week of continuous thunderstorms and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon. Fingers crossed Mother Nature gets her act together and my holiday won’t be a complete wash-out. Eek.

Other than that, it’s been a bit of a frustrating week. I’ve had people on my case trying to force me to do this, and that, and go there and wherever, not comprehending that it’s just not possible with a doggie that isn’t 100% and most definitely not in 33C degrees heat. I kind of accept (but not really) this behaviour from people who’ve never had a pet but not from the other half, who should bloody know better. Anyway, he’s off for the day and doggie and I have the house all to ourselves. I’d say we’re partying like there’s no tomorrow but she prefers to nap and as much as I’d like to think I’m the boss, I’m really not πŸ˜‚

Reading-wise, it’s been a good week. Helped enormously by fun buddy reads with Janel. Some more successful than others as apparently fantasy and moi don’t seem to mix very well. Oops. Today’s buddy read is non-fiction. I’ve not had much luck with those in the past either but so far so good. Somewhere in England, a certain someone is walking around with a smug smile on her face πŸ˜‰

So, what have I read this week?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Two review copies, four just because. Obviously these days I read faster when I decide not to review a book. I almost forgot how much fun that is but now that I have been reminded, I am determined to remain as commitment free as I can possibly be.

For those who enjoy the guessing game, there is one 5 star read in that lot.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

I haven’t read a Philippa Gregory book in years but I liked the blurb of this one. Also, the cover is really pretty. So there’s that.

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

I haven’t read on Kindle in ages but I’ve been waiting for this final instalment in the 4MK Thriller trilogy and the hardback is insanely expensive. So as it was a “read now”, I just couldn’t resist.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Joined the blog tour for Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Tuesday : Reviewed Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Nothing to see here

Friday : Planned post moved to Saturday

Saturday : Shared my thoughts on The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

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| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

Tuesday : Review | The Retreat by Sherri Smith

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Review | Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Friday : Review | My 20th book of summer, title to be determined πŸ˜‚

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

My last relatively busy week, if I can help it. I really look forward to taking things a lot slower, to read when I want, to review when I want or not to when I don’t want, to *gasp* maybe do something other than reading.

So, one more book to go for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. Still. I obviously could have reviewed one of the books I read this week but I didn’t feel like it. What’s a girl to do?

I’ve also spent more time this week staring at the bookshelves in an attempt to decide what to take with me on holiday. The pile has risen to …… 3. πŸ™„
I don’t know why this is so hard. The other half says it’s because I have too many options. I say it’s because I don’t have enough of them 🀣

Please feel free to recommend something to me! I obviously need help here! πŸ˜‚

And that’s a wrap! Wishing you all a glorious week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

31 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (August 25)

  1. I’m sure the weather will be fine once you get to Tuscany 😊 Sorry it’s been a frustrating week! I hate it when people trample all over my boundaries and can’t accept no for an answer. I had to make excuses this week too and once again I wondered why the hell I needed to explain myself when a simple no thanks should suffice πŸ˜• Want to move to a desert island with me? πŸ˜‚ I’m going to guess the 5 star read is… Rewind?

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      1. You can stay on land πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Think we could get Book Depository to drop the books from a plane with a little parachute? πŸ€” (Yes I did plan ahead πŸ˜‚) Whaddayamean I win nothing!? Tssss. I finally get to play and I win nothing, your contests suck 🀣

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          1. How did I not think of drones, I know a drone pilot πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Okay when are we off? You don’t have to talk and you can bring the doggie πŸ˜‚ Speaking of, how is she doing?

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  2. So annoying when you have to explain yourself, I always feel like saying ‘I am a grown up and I can say No if I want to!’
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather when you’re on your hols xx

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  3. I’ll be interested to see what you think of the Philippa Gregory book, I haven’t read her for years either. Enjoy your downtime today. I’ll guess Rewind for your 5* (only because, minus the Howard, it’s my name πŸ˜‰) 🀞🏼for the end of Italian thunderstorms!

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  4. Is it cheating if I guess the five star read πŸ€”, and Oliphant better be in that holiday pile!! Your first few run ins with nonfiction weren’t a success but you persevered, I think fantasy deserves at least 2 more chances too!! And I think you mean, somewhere in England someone has a smug grin because they reach all the checkpoints first 😜

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